This is my first Instructable so I apologize for any screw ups : )
Fyi I am just a novice wood working and a totally worthless photographer.
This will briefly show you how in a weekend you can quickly make several ornaments for holiday gifts.
I am making trees but stars or most simple shapes will work.
thick wood stock
various colored scrap stock
drill and bits
finish of choice
Step 1: Draw Your Ornament on Thick Stock
Plan out your xmas ornament on thick stock. In this case I am using a chunk of 12/4 (3") poplar I had left over.
You want to use thick stock - at least 6/4 if you have some laying around.
I used poplar because of its greenish coloring.
Since I am making a tree, I glued a bit of walnut on for a 'trunk.'
The more complicated your design the harder it will be to cut out so plan ahead.
Step 2: Cut Out Your Ornament From the Stock
Cut out your ornament on the bandsaw.
You could use a scroll saw but a bandsaw is ideal for the thicker stock we want to use.
Step 3: Rip Your Ornament Into Multiple Ornaments
Take your ornament and turn it 90 degrees and rip it on the bandsaw.
I recommend going no thinner than 1/4" and up to 1/2" but its up to you.
Step 4: Add Mini Ornaments
While you could basically stop after ripping your thick stock down into several small trees, i wanted to go a little further.
I found some pretty colored scraps laying around the shop and used my junky plug cutters to make some small plugs.
The nicer cutters you have the easier and quicker it will go to make plugs.
I drilled matching sized holes partially through my trees and glued in the colored plugs.
I prefer Titebond III for glue.
Step 5: Sand and Finish to Taste
Sand your new ornaments to your liking (sanding not shown).
With my trees I am keeping them pretty rustic and only sanding minimally.
Finish with your favorite products, just remember that small kids may be handling them in the future.
For this demo I used Tung oil.
Step 6: Drill a Small Hole and Add Some String to Hang By
Pretty self explanatory. The only thing to be careful about is the size of your hole relative to the thickness of your piece.
An over-sized hole can cause the entire piece to split in two.
Add a bit of string to hang it by and you are done!
Step 7: Bonus Ideas
Another way of making this involves adding a bit of veneer to serve as 'garland' on the tree.
Before ripping your stock down into several trees, cut some decorative sweeps crosswise.
Glue in some contrasting colored veneer, in this case some bloodwood.
After the glue up is done, rip the thick stock down into several ornaments and continue.
Another idea not shown - instead of a bit of string to hang the piece by, you can glue a magnet to the back of the piece. This method allows you to make easy gift-able items year round.